One of the things that amazed me about both Bill and Hillary Clinton was not only the ease with which they lied, but that they lied even when telling the truth would have been a whole lot easier on them. Bill, of course, could turn a lie into art—as he so ably demonstrated with his verbal dissection of the meaning of the word “is”—being an apparent disciple of the George Constanza school of thought that it isn’t really a lie if you believe it yourself. Hillary, on the other hand, never quite got the hang of it—which is how we got such gems as, “You mean like with a cloth?” when she was asked, reluctantly, by reporters if she had in fact wiped her private email server clean.
Still, that never stopped ol’ Hilly from trying, and so she stumbled from prevarication to outright whoppers as she set herself on the path of blowing an election that everybody thought was hers to lose. And throughout it all, I just shook my head and marveled at how lying for her seemed to have changed from a tool of convenience to a reflex action—as if it never occurred to Hillary to tell the truth first, even when it served her better.
So what’s this got to do with Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren? Well, she’s a politician—a liberal one, to be sure, who still has managed the amazing feat of not being all that well-liked even liberal Massachusetts—who also has a habit of making things up on the fly when it suits her. By now, we all know the story of how Warren, who has even less Native American blood in her than Ward Churchill, passed herself and her high cheekbones off as a proud member of the Cherokee Nation (1/1024th Chapter) in order to advance her legal and then political career. But what you might not have known is that Warren is also fond of spinning tales of how she might still be a special needs teacher to this day, had she not been muscled out by some chauvinist principal who showed her the door when she had the gall to get pregnant.
Well, it turns out that’s not quite true either:
The Riverdale Board of Education approved a second-year teaching contract for a young Elizabeth Warren, documents show, contradicting the Democratic presidential candidate’s repeated claims that she was asked not to return to teaching after a single year because she was “visibly pregnant.”
Minutes of an April 21, 1971, Riverdale Board of Education meeting obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that the board voted unanimously on a motion to extend Warren a “2nd year” contract for a two-days-per-week teaching job. That job is similar to the one she held the previous year, her first year of teaching. Minutes from a board meeting held two months later, on June 16, 1971, indicate that Warren’s resignation was “accepted with regret.”
But. . .but. . .that’s just a story she used to tell a long time ago, right? It’s not like she’s doing that these days.
Warren’s claim that she was dismissed after her first year of teaching because she was pregnant has become a cornerstone of her stump speeches. She has used it to both explain her jump from teaching into the legal world as well as to showcase the difficulties that women face in the workplace.
So somebody who routinely lied about her Native American heritage is also lying about her professional hardships. Whodathunkit? But never mind that. Who are you gonna believe, Elizabeth Warren or your lying eyes?
NEWS: @ewarren tells me she stands by her trail story about being pushed out of her first teaching job because of pregnancy, despite questions about the story's consistency & other records @CBSNews https://t.co/rosegH24k4
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) October 8, 2019
And why shouldn’t she stand by her story? Ralph Northam did, even after he admitted to wearing blackface in a college photo, then changed his story to say it wasn’t him. He was able to hold on because the news media, anxious to move on from an embarrassing episode that they would have crucified a Republican over, did the minimal amount of reporting they could get away with before forgetting it ever happened. Warren knows they’ll do the same for her, so why worry about something so trivial as the truth?
Meanwhile, Democrats will continue to campaign on how Donald Trump must go because of his dishonesty. Welcome to politics in 2019, folks.
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